German aviation startup Volocopter has announced it will perform the next set of inner urban flight tests, as it expands its business operations into Singapore.
Volocopter chief executive Florian Reuter says the team is preparing to start implementing the first fixed routes in cities.
“Singapore is a logical partner. The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development," Florian said.
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Similar to a helicopter in resemblance, the Volocopter is based on drone technology and can fly two people for nearly 30 kilometres.
Volocopter, welcomed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Transport and the Economic Development Board, will work to create the scope of flight trials before flight tests can commence in the second half of 2019.
Earlier this year, ride sharing giant Uber announced it hopes to offer rides through a new UberAir service by 2023.
Advancements in urban mobility hopes to solve the problem of congested cities and traffic problems with innovative transport systems such as flying cars, or eVTOLs.
Volocopter's vision is to integrate air taxis within existing transportation systems, providing mobility for up to 10,000 passengers a day.
"Their decision to set up a local product design and engineering team in Singapore is a testament to Singapore’s aerospace engineering talent, as well as our prime position for industry players," EDB Singapore executive director Tan Kong Hwee said.
Since 2016 Volocopter has held a preliminary permit to fly from the German authorities and is working with the European Aviation Safety Authority to receive a full commercial license.
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To support its expansion plans in Singapore, Volocopter will be setting up a local product design and engineering team.
The company will also partner with real estate developers and mobility providers in Singapore to establish infrastructure to support flight testing.
The series of test flights are scheduled to take place in the second half of 2019.